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Parish nurse preparation course offered in March

The Parish Nurse Program at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria is offering a course during two weekends in March for registered nurses interested in serving as parish nurses. The “Basic Parish Nurse Preparation Course” will meet March 13-15 and again March 27-29 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, 530 NE Glen Oak Ave., […]

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Training March 21 for those supporting widowed, divorced

The Diocesan Office of Family Life and the Widowed and Divorced Diocesan Advisory Board are seeking individuals who are interested in serving as support group facilitators or diocesan advisory board members. Due to increasing parish interest in this ministry, the Office of Family Life and the advisory board will co-sponsor a training session on Saturday, […]

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Holy Trinity wins state

MONTICELLO — In terms of talent and scoring points, the two teams in last Thursday’s Illinois Elementary School Association Class 2A eighth-grade boys’ basketball state championship were about evenly matched. The game at Monticello Middle School was a nail-biter for fans, with the Bloomington Holy Trinity Saints winning in overtime, defeating the Champaign St. Matthew […]

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U of I students plan to ‘bicycle for babies’ throughout state

CHAMPAIGN — It’s not the usual Lenten sacrifice. This Lent, Jimmy Becker and Mike Schafer, two students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have decided to give up their spring break. While other college students are enjoying themselves at the beach or visiting their families back home, Becker and Schafer, both avid bicyclists, will […]

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K. of C. hosting major bowling event in Peoria

Nearly 1,000 bowlers from throughout the United States and Canada will make their way to Peoria March 28 through April 26 to take part in a Knights of Columbus International Bowling Association tournament. Spalding Council 427 of Peoria is gearing up to host the major event, led by tournament chairman John W. Kunkle, who knows […]

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One pastor’s two parishes big ADA winners

Consider Father Tom Hollaway’s parishes in Bushnell and St. Augustine the “Slumdog Millionaires” of Saturday’s much anticipated prize drawings at the Annual Diocesan Appeal kickoff event. While the movie swept the Academy Awards, the parishes led by Father Holloway swept major attendance awards designed to give winning parishes a jump-start toward their respective ADA goals. […]

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Annual Diocesan Appeal planning opens with eye on economy

Photo Caption: Elaine McGinnis of St. Bernard’s, Bushnell, receives the top attendance prize for her parish from Bishop Jenky at the 2009 Annual Diocesan Appeal kickoff event. By: By Tom Dermody The work of Christ must continue even in times of economic stress, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told hundreds of parish volunteers who met […]

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Symbols for Lent

By: By Barbara Roedel First Sunday of Lent, March 1 Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 25:4-5,6-7,8-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15 At first glance the temptation scene in Mark’s Gospel appears sparse compared to Matthew and Luke’s versions. But today’s readings are anything but sparse. We begin our Lenten season with a rich mosaic of meaning and […]

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Known and loved in diocese

Many priests of the Diocese of Peoria know and have great affection for Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, the Midwesterner who was named by Pope Benedict XVI this week to succeed retiring Cardinal Edward M. Egan as head of the Archdiocese of New York. Some of our priests came to know the quick-to-laugh priest when he […]

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Physicians take legal, educational steps to defend conscience rights

WASHINGTON (CNS) — To combat what they see as threats to the conscience rights of health care professionals who oppose abortion, the Catholic Medical Association and other organizations are taking both legal and educational steps. The Philadelphia-based Catholic Medical Association, which has some 1,100 members nationwide, has joined with the Christian Medical Association and the […]

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